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BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it will take in a further 5,000 refugees from Syria, doubling its current offer of shelter for people fleeing the Arab nation's civil war.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says its troops have come under attack from Syria and have fired back in retaliation.
BAGHDAD (AP) — State-owned PetroChina says it has acquired a share in a development project of one of Iraq's most promising oil fields from U.S. major Exxon Mobil.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state TV says government forces have captured a western town near the border with Lebanon, a week after opposition fighters seized it.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government says it will participate in U.N.-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending the country's civil war, but insists that it is not going to the conference to hand over power.
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations says that talks between Syria's government and opposition are going to take place in Geneva on Jan. 22.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's foreign ministry says the kingdom has presented a request to the United Nations seeking candidacy for a Security Council seat that Saudi Arabia had turned down.